An article in Bridge magazine about funding for replacing lead pipes notes that, "Often, the communities with the biggest backlog of upgrades and fixes are the least-equipped financially to pay for them. As a result, they must raise rates. That makes water less affordable for customers, so more of them may stop paying. That creates budgetary shortfalls, leaving utilities with even less income to pay for infrastructure maintenance."
Leiser notes, "“These things kind of compound upon themselves. At a minimum, the state needs to step up more [with funding]. But that’s easier said than done.”
You can rad the article here.